Mount St. Joseph University

The Mount earns Silver Seal in ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge

Academics, Mission Integration, Service Learning, Student Life

By: Keith Lanser

Mount St. Joseph University was awarded a Silver Seal in the ALL IN Campus Democracy Challenge for its student voting rate of 65.2 percent during the 2016 Presidential Election, one of the highest student voting rates in the country. Out of all 589 campuses across the United States that participated in the challenge, the Mount placed in the top 37 for its student voting rate, which was only 2.2 percent away from the highest student voting rate in the country (67.4 percent).

Only two other Ohio campuses voted at a similar rate as the Mount, and among all higher education institutions located in the Greater Cincinnati area, the Mount had the highest student voting rate. The 2016 student voting rate for all institutions in the United States during the 2016 Presidential Election was 50.4 percent.

“As a Sisters of Charity sponsored ministry, our mission at the Mount is rooted in social responsibility,” said Keith Lanser, manager of service learning & civic engagement at the Mount. “Part of being responsible to your community is making your voice heard by voting. The Mount is proud to prepare our students to participate in our democracy, as well as serve in our communities for the common good.”

The Mount’s Service Learning Office offers complementary election engagement services and programs for Mount students, including:

  • Helping students to register to vote, request absentee ballots, identify polling locations, identify sample ballots, and identify voter identification requirements
  • Hosting election-related events like debate watch parties, issue forums, and candidate forums
  • Facilitating academic election engagement in specific disciplined-based courses, such as education, social work, and service learning.

In March of 2017, the Mount was designated a Voter Friendly Campus by NASPA (Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education) due to its commitment to election engagement, making the Mount one of only 83 colleges and universities in the country to receive this prestigious designation, which is valid through 2018.